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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient (ATT 17,111) 28th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

Rennes Rennes vs Lille Lille

Rennes 2

J Feret (64)
R Alessandrini (75)


Lille 0

Rennes beat Lille

Last Updated: 28/09/12 10:27pm

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Romain Alessandrini celebrates his goal

Romain Alessandrini celebrates his goal

Second-half goals from Julien Feret and Romain Alessandrini earned Rennes a second win of the season as they got the better of an off-colour Lille 2-0.

The 2011 champions are marooned in mid-table this time around and were joined on seven points by Frederic Antonetti's men.

The home side actually started the night in the bottom three, but it did not show as they put on their best show of the season.

That did not appear to be the case in the first half, though, as Lille bossed proceedings.

They had the first chance when Nolan Roux's effort was turned away by Benoit Costil, and then went close again when Dmitri Payet went on a jinking run past three men before planting a shot over the bar.

The traffic continued to flow towards Rennes' goal, with Roux breaching the offside trap and drilling in from the edge of the box, clipping the bar in the process.

Lille were doing all but score, and just before the half-time break, Payet found himself one-on-one with the Costil but skewed wide.

Whatever Antonetti said to his players at the half-time had the desired effect.

Romain Danze's cross fell for Mevlut Erding who teed-up Feret but he was unable to finish.

However, that changed with 64 minutes gone, with Feret prodding in after Mickael Landreau spilled Jonathan Pitroipa's shot.

Lille responded by thumping the bar as Costil got a hand on Aurelien Chedjou's cross, and their misfortune was underlined 15 minutes from the end as Alessandrini scored a wonderful goal, pulling Tulio De Melo's cross out of the sky and volleying in from 25 yards.

It was a night when little went for Lille, and so it proved with a minute to go as coach Rudi Garcia was sent to the stands for dissent.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23